PnP Game Design Awards 2016


43 Entries for Best PnP Game of 2016
| About the Awards | Game Eligibility | Prizes | Enter a Game | Acknowledgements
NEWS: Congratulations to Haze Islands and Charles Ward for winning 2016 Print and Play Game of the Year, and managed to sweep nearly all of the main categories! Also, congratulations to Justin Blaske for a fantastic showing with Mint Works the overall highest rated game and winner of the Best Beyond PnP Game as well as Best Written Rules. I also want to extend congratulations to all the Runner Ups in all the categories. There were a number of categories that were very close

There were a ton of great games entered this year and I hope that next year the contest continues to grow. I put a lot of work into building these pages for the contest and designing an algorithm that would be fair to all games, whether they got a lot of ratings or a few. I'm happy to say that the algorithm produced results in line with my expectations after seeing all the ratings, and Haze Islands is definitely deserving of its recognition. If you would like to see an aggregate of all the ratings, I'm making the Ratings Summary Report public. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments on the awards. I will be in touch with the winners to distribute prizes soon. Again, congratulations and thank you for making the inaugural PnP Game Design Awards such a success!

2016 PnP Game Design Awards
RESULTS

How are points calculated?

Points is the aggregate score based on all the ratings (from 1-5) after running them through a custom algorithm that I (George Jaros) created for the PnP Game Design Awards. This algorithm takes into account a number of different factors, including:
  • All of the submitted ratings for a game.
  • The standard deviation of the ratings for a game.
  • A bonus for having more ratings, based on the total number of all ratings for all games entered in the contest.

  • This algorithm comes up with a modified Wilson Score (a binomial proportion confidence interval), which is a decimal value that I then multiply by 100 to come up with points. The formula used to calculate the base rating (before adjustments) is based on the one described here.

    Most Popular Game isn't based on the aggregate score, but just on the number of times a game was rated. So a game could get 100 1-star ratings, but it'll be the most popular game.

    Most Popular Designer and Most Prolific Designer are based on the total number of ratings for all games entered and the total number of games entered. So Most Popular Designer actually benefits from having more games in the contest.

    The Best Small/Medium/Large Build Games are a bit more subjective. First, they required the designer to enter the component count. Then I used those numbers to determine if a game should be considered small, medium, or large. A small build is 1-50 components. A medium build is 51-200 components. A large build is over 200 components. But any custom components (non-printable, and non-standard things like dice and pawns) get a 3x multiplier. So something with 150 standard components and 20 custom components would get a component count of 210, pushing it into the large build group.

    Main Categories

    Best Overall Game

    How does the game come together as a whole package? The most important criteris is if the game is a great game. Is it fun to play? Is it top notch in all the other categories? Is this a game that you would recommend to other gamers?
    Winner:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward 443pts (14 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck
    Moogh by Niklas Hook
    Dungeon Hack: The Dice Game by Joseph Propati
    Honorable Mentions:
    The Solo System by Chad Mestdagh
    Snooker Solitaire by Mark Tuck
    Otto the Octopus by Mark Tuck

    Most Innovative

    Innovation is subjective and can encompass mechanics, theme, design, or any other charactistic of the game.
    Winner:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward 406pts (14 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    The Solo System by Chad Mestdagh
    Mint Works by Justin Blaske
    Moogh by Niklas Hook
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron
    Honorable Mentions:
    INFILTRATE - into the bear cave by Jan Schröder
    Snooker Solitaire by Mark Tuck
    Hauling Astronauts by Scott Allen

    Most Immersive

    Does this game do a great job of incorporating thematic elements throughout?
    Winner:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward 472pts (14 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Moogh by Niklas Hook
    Mint Works by Justin Blaske
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck
    Honorable Mentions:
    1572: The Lost Expedition by Mike Heim, Heim Mike
    Snooker Solitaire by Mark Tuck
    Tornado Chasers by Lucas Gerlach

    Best Art & Design

    Is the artwork impressive? Is the graphic design exceptional?
    Winner:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward with art by Vicente Sivera Catalá 503pts (14 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck with art by Mark Tuck
    Mint Works by Justin Blaske with art by Felix Janson, Thomas Tamblyn
    Hauling Astronauts by Scott Allen with art by Marianne Waage
    Otto the Octopus by Mark Tuck with art by Mark Tuck
    Honorable Mentions:
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron with art by Gabriel Gendron
    Moogh by Niklas Hook with art by Niklas Hook
    Farmers Finances by Thomas Hünerbein with art by Hünerbein, Thomas

    Best Written Rules

    Are the rules clear and understandable? Do they make great use of graphics?
    Winner:
    Mint Works by Justin Blaske 444pts (19 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron
    Otto the Octopus by Mark Tuck
    Honorable Mentions:
    Farmers Finances by Thomas Hünerbein
    The Solo System by Chad Mestdagh
    Snooker Solitaire by Mark Tuck

    Additional Categories

    Best New Game

    The best game that was first released in the year of the contest.
    Winner:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward 443pts (14 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck
    Moogh by Niklas Hook
    Dungeon Hack: The Dice Game by Joseph Propati
    Honorable Mentions:
    The Solo System by Chad Mestdagh
    Snooker Solitaire by Mark Tuck
    Otto the Octopus by Mark Tuck

    Best Beyond PnP Game

    The best game that has gone beyond PnP. While you can still grab a free PnP version of this game, you can also purchase a profesionally produced copy!
    Winner:
    Mint Works by Justin Blaske 469pts (19 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Don't Judge Me! by Mike Hamilton

    Best Small Build Game

    Games that have minimal components. Only games that listed their components were considered for this category.
    Winner:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward 443pts (14 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck
    Snooker Solitaire by Mark Tuck
    Otto the Octopus by Mark Tuck
    Hauling Astronauts by Scott Allen
    Honorable Mentions:
    1572: The Lost Expedition by Mike Heim, Heim Mike
    The Shooting Party by John Kean
    KOKONO by Mark Tuck

    Best Medium Build Game

    Games that have a medium sized build - quite a few cards, many components, a few custom components, etc. Only games that listed their components were considered for this category.
    Winner:
    INFILTRATE - into the bear cave by Jan Schröder 278pts (4 ratings)
    Runners Up:
    CivMint by George Jaros
    Looting MiniSkull Castle by George Jaros
    Falcon Master by Scott Allen
    8 Seconds by George Jaros
    Honorable Mentions:
    Les Petits Pirates by George Jaros
    Photon Galactic Traders by Chris Alton
    SITA by Tim Davidson

    Best Large Build Game

    Games that are very difficult to build - have many printable items, many components, custom or difficult to produce components, etc. Only games that listed their components were considered for this category.
    Winner:
    Albarrana by Topias Uotila 69pts (1 ratings)

    Most Popular Game

    The game with the most Overall ratings.
    Winner:
    Mint Works by Justin Blaske 19 ratings (469pts)
    Runners Up:
    Haze Islands by Charles Ward
    Mini Rogue by Paolo Di Stefano, Gabriel Gendron
    Mower Mania by Mark Tuck
    Moogh by Niklas Hook
    Honorable Mentions:
    The Solo System by Chad Mestdagh
    Otto the Octopus by Mark Tuck
    1572: The Lost Expedition by Mike Heim, Heim Mike

    Most Prolific Designer

    The designer with the most games entered into this year's contest.
    Winner:
    George Jaros 8 Seconds, CivMint, Les Petits Pirates, Looting MiniSkull Castle, Snowball Fight
    Runners Up:
    Mark Tuck KOKONO, Mower Mania, Otto the Octopus, Snooker Solitaire
    Joseph Propati Dungeon Hack: The Dice Game, Zombie Apocalypse: The Dice Game, Zombies in our Neighborhood
    Tim Davidson FRESH Big Time, SITA
    Chris Alton Paper 'Mech, Photon Galactic Traders
    Honorable Mentions:
    Scott Allen Falcon Master, Hauling Astronauts
    John Kean The Council of Colbridge, The Shooting Party

    Most Popular Designer

    The designer with the most Overall ratings for all games entered.
    Winner:
    Mark Tuck 28 ratings for KOKONO, Mower Mania, Otto the Octopus, Snooker Solitaire
    Runners Up:
    Justin Blaske 19 ratings for Mint Works
    George Jaros 17 ratings for 8 Seconds, CivMint, Les Petits Pirates, Looting MiniSkull Castle, Snowball Fight
    Charles Ward 15 ratings for Haze Islands
    Joseph Propati 11 ratings for Dungeon Hack: The Dice Game, Zombie Apocalypse: The Dice Game, Zombies in our Neighborhood
    Honorable Mentions:
    Paolo Di Stefano 10 ratings for Mini Rogue
    Gabriel Gendron 10 ratings for Mini Rogue
    Scott Allen 10 ratings for Falcon Master, Hauling Astronauts

    Playtesters

    Playtesters

    The top playtesters, as chosen by the game designers. Thanks for the support of all playtesters! We couldn't design games without you!
    Top Playtester:
    C.L. (GreenTea532)
    Other Playtesters:
    Alex Borders (alexborders)
    Chad Russell (trunked)
    Charles Ward (ex1st)
    Desiree Sunshine (lynnedesiree)
    Fredrik Sandell (Frallannr1)
    James Campbell (rorschach9)
    Jonathan Jordan (daikage)
    Kevin Winchell (Revinar)
    Mo (mo7189)
    Nick Shaw (njshaw2)
    Peter Sahlin (Salle)
    Rick Ford
    Tony Kafka


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